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Assassination Of Richard Nixon, The
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 96 (May 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Sean Penn, Don Cheadle, Jack Thompson, Mykelti Williamson, Michael Wincott & Naomi Watts

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
There are no supplements except for a couple of New Line previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): N7850
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

For Language And A Scene Of Graphic Violence
(Retail Price): $27.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 95
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 04/26/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Niels Mueller
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Samuel Bicke (Penn) has had a rough year, and all he needs is a break. He and friend Bonny Simmons (Cheadle) devise a plan to start up a mobile tire store and hope to finance it through a program for small busness loans that the president has initiated. But when their application for the loan is turned down, Sam feels the ultimate betrayal and starts planning "The Assassination Of President Nixon. Inspired by a true story. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture has a look that is perfectly complementary to the setting of the film, with not only a production design that puts the viewer into the 70s, but a well-balanced color palette that closely resembles films from the era. Images can be sharp and detailed, though some finer details appear a bit smeared or lacking at times, and contrast and shadow delineation are nicely rendered. Edge enhancement is mostly limited to higher contrast scenes, but there is some pixel breakup noticed. The handheld camerawork can be a bit dizzying on larger home theatre displays. (Suzanne Hodges)

Dialogue in this Dolby